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trilo trigger, like a familiar smell, would bring it all back. >> i would get very extreme stabbing sensations in my body. then, like, fixed visuals. like being, for instance, raped. >> mental breakdowns, four hospitalizations, and along the way, rachel tried almost every treatment in the book. >> tried emdr, rapid eye movement therapy. hypnosis, gestault, yell it out, scream it out. nothing worked. >> then she discovered an experime experiment run by a psychiatrist in charleston, south carolina. >> this is the place where we do the study. this is where we meet with people and do the sessions. >> intense psychotherapy, including eight-hour sessions after taking a capsule of mdma, ecstasy. listen closely. in this tape, you can hear rachel along with the doctor.
>> i really need -- keep guiding me. >> it felt as if my whole brain was powered up like a christmas tree all at once. >> sometimes usually people did have very positive, affirming experiences. a lot of time it was revisiting the trauma. it was painful, difficult experience, but the mdma seemed to make it possible for them to do it effectively. >> within weeks, rachel says about 90% of her symptoms were gone. >> i don't scream. i don't have flashbacks anymore. >> and in results just publi published, the doctor says 14 of 19 patients were dramatically better more than three years later. >> the question is, okay, was this just a flash in the pan? did people just feel good from taking a drug? so the answer to that turned out to be no, it wasn't just a flash in a pan for most people. >> now, of course, 19 people is still just a tiny study. but it is getting attention. lori sutton was the army's top psychiatrist until she retired in 2010.
>> i've certainly reviewed it. the results look promising. it's like with the rest of science. we'll apply the rigor, follow where the data leads. we'll leave our politics at the door. >> similar studies are under way in europe and canada. and they're halfway through a study offering this treatment to combat veterans, firefighters, and police officers. and here with me now is rachel hope. i should start off by pointing out, because people watch that -- no one is saying street ecstasy is safe. a lot of times you don't know what you're getting. but that wasn't the situation for you, necessarily. you were doing this in a very controlled setting. what was it like? you'd never done anything like this before. >> yeah, i've never done anything like that. but he made it so comfortable for me and prepared me, so when i got the medicine, i had an
idea what would happen, but it was pretty remarkable. >> you described it, if i remember correctly, like your brain lit up like a christmas tree. >> yeah. >> so what is that? most people have no idea what that means. >> i don't either. i really want to know why it felt like that, like all my systems were lit up. like i was -- i just had all this access to my mind. i could control where i was thinking and going and look at things differently. >> how did you -- so your brain is feeling that way. how did you feel overall in terms of your emotion? you had two sessions. they were several hours each. do you remember much about them? what was your state of emotion during that? >> roller coaster. >> really? up and down? >> yes, because it's assisted psychotherapy. the medicine is helping me, you know, look at the traumatic events and deal with them and
have a new perspective on that and kind of reintegrate it. i'm looking at all these, you know, horrible experiences from my past. i'm -- and that's intense, but with the help of the medicine, i was able to do it in a totally different way. >> so during that time, during the sessions, you're doing well. how about now? you lived in maui. you're now living in los angeles. that's a big move for you. >> yeah, that's because of my recovery for sure. >> it was long lasting, is the point. >> i kept getting better even after. i had 80% reduction of symptoms. then it kept going, and i'm 90% reduced. >> there's people who watch this and say, look, it's ecstasy. it has the reputation that it does. what would you say to them? >> well, you don't know -- the street drug named ecstasy could be cut with all kinds of things. it's not administered in an
intentional setting with -- in a therapeutic setting. it's a wasted opportunity, quite frankly. i don't think people should do this recreationally. i also think it's quite dangerous. i needed to have medical help taking care of me, taking care of my body in order to do this work. >> well, i appreciate you sharing my story. hopefully it helps a lot of people. >> i really hope so. >> thank you very much. appreciate it. coming up, when sex, even consensual sex, becomes a crime. we'll explain. while balancing the company's bottom line, their very first word was... [ to the tune of "lullaby and good night" ] ♪ af-lac ♪ aflac [ male announcer ] find out more at... [ duck ] aflac! [ male announcer ] ...forbusiness.com. [ yawning sound ] starts with arthritis pain and a choice. take tylenol or take aleve, the #1 recommended pain reliever by orthopedic doctors. just two aleve can keep pain away all day. back to the news.
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hiv/a.i.d.s., but it also brings up a tough issue. more than half the united states' states have laws that make it a crime for people with hiv to not disclose it when they have sex. now, some say that's only fair. others say making this a crime, that just scares people and keeps them from getting tested or seeking care. four years ago, nick rhodes, and hiv positive 24-year-old living in iowa, met a younger man. they hit it off and had sex. >> my viral load was undetectable. i wore a condom. i did everything i could to protect him and myself. >> what rhodes didn't do what tell his friend about having hiv. when the friend found out later, he sought treatment at a local hospital, and a hospital employee called the police. rhodes was arrested, charged with criminal transmission of hiv, and after pleading guilty on the advice of his lawyer, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. >> i served over a year locked
up, some of it in maximum security and some of it in solitary confinement. i still have to register as a sex offendser f offender for th life. >> rhodes' new lawyer is asking the iowa supreme court to overturn rhodes' conviction. >> this case, in particular, was comp compelling. it really was a good example of the ways in which these laws are misused by the justice system to punish people in very severe ways for things that should not even be crimes. >> about 1,000 miles away in louisiana, a similar case. robert subtle says his partner new subtle had hiv, but after a messy breakup, his ex went to the police. he was charged with intentionally exposing the man to the a.i.d.s. virus. >> i was arrested at work, and i
was booked. >> to avoid a possible ten-year sentence, suttle entered a plea and spent six months in jail. under the picture on his driver's license in bold red capital letters it says "sex offender." he has to carry that tag for 15 years. >> there are a lot of good people in the world that are hiv positive, but that doesn't mean they're criminals. doesn't mean they have malicious intent to hurt anybody. they're just trying to deal and cope with having this disease and yet there's these laws that make us look like we're criminals. >> at least 34 states and two u.s. territories have laws that criminalize activities of people with hiv. not disclosing your status to a sexual partner can land you in jail. so can spitting on someone or biting them if you have the disease. often it doesn't matter if you actually transmit the virus. in fact, the man who slept with rhodes never got hiv. >> jail time is not warranted in these cases. >> last year, congresswoman barbara lee introduced
legislation to get rid of these state laws. >> many offenses receive a lesser sentence than the transmission of hiv, and these laws, again, they're archaic, wrong, unjust, and need to be looked at and taken off the books. >> prosecutor scott burns agrees the laws need updating, but he also says repeal would be a mistake. >> any time that someone knows they have hiv or a.i.d.s. does not disclose that to the other party, i think, is wrong. i think this should be a sanction p sanction. i don't think you do that in america. i think most prosecutors would agree with me. >> rhodes and suttle now work for the sero project. it's a group that fights stigma and discrimination, trying to make the case that what happened to them should never happen to others. >> we cannot sit and ignore the fact that this is happening. >> i have to fight for this. i think there are a lot of other people that are fighting as well. >> i should say the accuser in nick's case did not want to talk to us, and the identity of
robert's accuser is sealed as well by court order. this weekend on "the next list," you're going to meet max little. he's a math whiz and innovator who has a surprising goal. >> my name is max little. i'm aiming to screen a population for parkinson's disease using voice alone. >> max little has a bold idea. what if doctors could detect parkinson's disease simply by the sound of your voice? max little is close to proving just that. he says one simple voice test can determine if someone has parkinson's. all you need is a telephone. >> we've got an ultra low-cost way of detecting the disease. >> you're going watch how max little's surprising idea is taking shape. it's sunday on "the next list." it wasn't that long ago sushi was considered a novelty
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world. earlier this year the united nations held a global conference on the benefits of eating insettings, even suggest it might be a good solution to world hunger. >> i don't know why the united states doesn't eat insects. they're very healthy for you. >> he is right. insects are high in protein, low in fat and cholesterol. take a cricket, for example. a six ounce serving of these crunchy bugs have 60% less saturated fat as the same amount of ground beef. >> now the ants. >> these potatoes aren't complete without adding some dried ants. >> sour, tangy, and they have a hint of black pepper to them. >> they also have 14 grams of protein per serving. with the growing population and rising cost of food, the rest of the world just might be on to something. now, if you plan to give bugs a try, do make sure you get them from a certified seller or restaurant. some bugdz may have chemicals on
them, so you don't want to pluck them from your own backyard. superstar athletes are years in the making, but sometimes the pressures to be perfect can push anyone over the edge. i want you to meet joe. he turned to drugs and alcohol for relief, but he has since made this stunning recovery. >> i started gymnastics when i was 9 years old, and i was watching the 1984 olympics. it spoke to me as if it was like broadcast directly to me, and i immediately took the cushions off the couch and started flipping around. >> joseph's foray into gymnastics got serious after that. at the olympic training center just two years later he realized he had a natural gift. his need to perform perfectly took over his life. >> for me it kind of became a darkness that i have to be perfect. >> that's why his downward
spiral began. >> i had my first drink, and all that desire for me to be perfect and to be the best was just washed away m moment. >> within months things got worse. >> i was drinking and using prescription drugs and a lot of cocaine, and it was that thing where i came to a crossroads where it was like i can't use and perform, so something has to go. one of the worst moments of my entire life, which i'll never forget, is actually calling the coach up and quitting because it's like you're giving back your gift. >> alcohol, pills, and cocaine led joe to heroin. in 2007 after several failed stints in rehab and two life-threatening overdoses, recovery finally stuck. >> 27 years old, i hadn't done a handstabbed in almost ten years. i started to do handstands and
splits and the more sobriety i maintained, the more this, like, light i call it -- i don't know what else to say -- pulled me in a better direction. >> he hone the his body and mind and started to work on broadway as a dancer, but it was a chance meeting with a circumstance due soliai producer that changed his life forever. >> he saw something in me that was inspiring and brought hope. >> today three years after that chance encounter, five years of sobriety, joe is starring as the crystal man in the touring show "toto." >> crystal man is the change. it's like some of the darkest of men carrying the brightest of lights. here i was the darkest of men, and now i get to come down and shine. >> riley says his addiction will never disappear. he is now living a life he thought he lost forever. >> it's amazing to watch. joe says all those acrobatics have taken a toll. he needs a shoulder operation,
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that found that limiting meat in your diet lowers your heart disease risk by 19%. it's not that hard to do. it's all about moderation. you can still eat lasagna and chili and stir fry. just leave out the meat, just one day of the week. you're not going to miss it. be talk about this all the time, exercise. there's a reminder, you still have a chance to be a part of our fit nation triathlon team. it's the triathlon challenge, as we call it. just like last year we're going to hook up all the -- with bikes and wet suits and all the training trips as well. if you're looking to hit the reset button on your life, as i call it, go to our website, do it now, cmn.com/fit nation. send in a video. i'm going to watch it with our producers and figure out who our next team is going to be. that's going to wrap things up for sgmd. stay connected with me all weeklong. let's keep that conversation
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